Wednesday, August 28, 2013

#67 Felix Jose

About the Front: By February of 1993, this card was out-of-date. The Cardinals traded Felix Jose and Craig Wilson to the Royals for Gregg Jefferies and minor league outfielder Ed Gerald.

About the Back: Felix was an All-Star in 1991 for the only time in his career. He replaced Andre Dawson in right field in the fourth inning and went 1-for-2 with a single off of Rick Aguilera.

Triple Play:

1. Jose was scouted and signed for the Athletics as a teenager by Hall of Famer Juan Marichal.

2. Though he had five straight seasons of double-digit steals, Felix was not a particularly savvy baserunner. His career success rate was just 64% (102 SB, 57 CS).

3. Despite being more or less finished as a major leaguer after the Royals released him in May of 1995, Felix spent an astounding 26 seasons playing pro baseball wherever he was wanted, including multiple stints in Korea, Mexico, Dominican winter ball, and the independent leagues. He made brief returns to the big leagues with the Yankees in 2000 and the Diamondbacks in 2002 and 2003. He was last active with the Schaumburg (IL) Flyers of the independent Northern League in 2009, when he hit .306/.410/.423 in 83 games at age 44.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I don't remember having any strong impressions of Felix Jose. I did have a high school Spanish teacher named Mrs. Jose, but she pronounced it like "Joes". I always thought that was strange.

Bill James Said: "Had a shoulder problem all year which didn't allow him to bat righthanded, thus he hit .094 against lefthanded pitchers (6 for 61)."

On This Date in 1993: August 28. Ong Teng Cheong becomes the first President of Singapore to be elected by popular vote.

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